Ari Ambrose – Retrospect (SCCD 31816)

SCCD 31816 Ari Ambrose “Retrospect” Tenor saxophonist, composer and now attorney at law (immigration specialist) as well Ari Ambrose has successfully gained the recognition from the critics and the public as one of the most innovative improvisers with his own voice. On this his 14th album Ambrose looks back into the music that inspired him originally as teenager to find something new from it. “Since his recording debut as leader on SteepleChase ‘Introducing Ari Ambrose’ some 15 years ago, saxophonist Ari Ambrose has maintained his impressive output and sound – a modern take on classic jazz forms, which he has polished to perfection on this album.” (Propermusic, UK on “settling … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Settling In (SCCD 31770)

SCCD 31770 Ari Ambrose Quartet ”Settling In” Ari Ambrose, since his recording debut as leader on SteepleChase’s “Introducing Ari Ambrose” (SCCD 31450) some 15 years ago, has maintained his musical perspectives of modernism on tradition and has polished them to perfection on this new album. “… With so many of the young tenor voices continuing to follow John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins or turning toward free-form abstraction, it’s refreshing to find Ambrose employing the tradition, taking it back and bringing it forward, … offering something different in what often seems to be a world of clones.” (Will Smith – JazzTimes on Whatever Happens SCCD 31617) “ Ari Ambrose's Waiting (Steeplechase … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose, Stephen Riley – Tenor Treats 2 (SCCD 31676)

The collaboration between the two dynamic tenor saxophonists Ambrose and Riley on Tenor Treats (SCCD 31656) session, packed with stimulating performances gave us a bonus of enough material for this sequel. “The instantaneous rapport achieved by Riley and Ambrose is indicative of the flexibility of these two accomplished players, who know the value of complementing, rather than trying to outdo, each other. There's a deep unity of thought in the way they roll out each performance….” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Sandu (Clifford Brown)2. Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobim)3. Back Home In Indiana (James F. Hanley)4. 502 Blues (Jimmy Rowles)5. Scrapple From The Apple (Charlie Parker)6. Darn That Dream … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Talk Of The Town (SCCD 31668)

One his 10th leader album Ari Ambrose finds himself in His most comfortable and creative setting of a piano-less Trio which reminds us of his formidable debut album “Introducing Ari Ambrose” (SCCD 31450). JazzTimes’ Will Smith commented on Ari’s previous CD “Whatever Happens” (SCCD 31617), “ The word retro is almost too new-school when dealing with the stylistic expressions of tenor saxophonist Ari Ambrose. With so many of the young tenor voices continuing to follow John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins or turning toward free-form abstraction, it’s refreshing to find Ambrose employing the tradition, taking it back and bringing it forward. If nothing else, he, … (is) offering something different in … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose, Stephen Riley – Tenor Treats (SCCD 31656)

Though Ambrose and Riley, two of the elite tenorists of younger generation have known each other for several years and are both SteepleChase recording artists, this is the first time they went into a studio to cut co-led albums. Both of them share a deep respect of the jazz’s tradition but their expressions distinctly bear their strong individual voices. Here’s the first volume of the dynamic and creative collaboration. 1. Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins)2. Punjab (Joe Henderson)3. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)4. You've Changed (Carl Fischer)5. Let's Cool One (Thelonious Monk)6. On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Jimmy McHugh)7. Blue 'n' Boogie (Dizzy Gillespie) UPC/EAN: 716043165629 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Whatever Happens (SCCD 31617)

SCCD 31617Ari Ambrose “Whatever Happens” Since embarking on a “burgeoning creative career” (Chuck Berg – JazzTimes) with his debut album “Introducing Ari Ambrose” in 1998 Ambrose has kept critics and fans positively surprised with his ever-evolving performances. In this latest album we discover the tenorman’s romantic side. 1. No More (Lucky Thompson)2. More Than You Know (Youmans/Rose/Eliscu)3. Whatever Happens (Ari Ambrose)4. I'm Glad There Is You (Madeira/Dorsey)5. Luna (Ari Ambrose)6. Emily (Johnny Mandel)7. Unknown Side (Ari Ambrose)8. Don't Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh)9. Like Someone In Love (Jimmy Van Heusen) UPC/EAN: 716043161720 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – On Another Day (SCCD 31587)

1. Bang (Ari Ambrose)2. Who Can I Turn To? (Newley/Bricusse)3. Clueless (Ari Ambrose)4. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Jule Styne)5. Samsara (Ari Ambrose)6. Never Let Me Go (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans)7. Vai chegar (Ari Ambrose)8. On Another Day (Ari Ambrose)9. If I Had You (Shapiro/Campbell/Connelley) UPC/EAN: 716043158720 … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy, Mark Turner, Ari Ambrose – Jam Session Vol. 14 (SCCD 31575)

“….When three terrific tenors are cutting loose the upshot is compulsive listening – and that’s the story of Volume 14: Tenors for everyone!” (Mark Gardner) 1. Along Came Betty (Benny Golson)2. Retrospect (Andy Laverne)3. Everything Happens To Me (Adair/Dennis)4. Old Folks (Dedate Hill)5. I Thought About You (Jimmy Van Heusen)6. Learning Curve (Andy Laverne)7. Invitation (Bronislav Kaper)8. Movin' (Andy Laverne) UPC/EAN: 716043157525 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Waiting (SCCD 31560)

Since his sensational debut CD in 1999 Ari Ambrose has received incredible amount of acclaims. To quote a few: “….Ambrose is a star on the rise.” (Chris Hovan, Jazzreview.com), “…Ari Ambrose steps to the fore as a fully formed stylist…also a writer of substance.” (Chuck Berg, JazzTimes), “…a first class young musician…” (Eddie Blackwell, Jazz Journal), “…Ambrose is striving mightily to have his voice be heard and recognized on its own merits…” (Derek Taylor, one final note), “…a very satisfying and fascinating album from a very fine player…” (Mike Rogers, JazzReview). On this his 7 th album Ari expertly leads his quintet to display his ever-evolving creativity. 1. Milestones (Miles … Continue reading

Alex Norris, Ari Ambrose, Joel Frahm – Jam Session Vol. 6 (SCCD 31537)

“…This is jazz of today but played in the spirit of the music's history and with an awareness of its best traditions. Jamming lives!” (Mark Gardner) CD Review’s Rick Finlay wrote, “… SteepleChase’s series of jam sessions drawing together the cream of the contemporary jazz world makes a refreshing change these days .” 1. It's you or no one (Jule Styne)2. Short hare (David Ephross)3. El gaucho (Wayne Shorter)4. SKJ (Milt Jackson) UPC/EAN: 716043153725 … Continue reading